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26th May 2020

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700,000 Syrians now fleeing war in Idlib

According to the UN, 700,000 Syrians are currently fleeing war in the province of Idlib, in northern Syria, as clashes intensify between Syrian and Turkish troops. As the Turkish border is closed, they stay near the border in overpopulated camps in sub-zero temperatures. The rebel-controlled Idlib area is now under attack by forces of president Bashar al-Assad. The UN has warned of another humanitarian catastrophe.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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